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fortunately doesn't sound anything. to teach creation why it should care about humans and. this is why you should care only. the russian president has publicly called for all groups involved in the ukrainian conflict not to obstruct of the investigation of the malaysia air weighs a plane crash and warned against politicizing the tragedy that left nearly three hundred people dead. european monitors say they now have full access to the side where the plane came down but there's no word yet from international experts who have arrived in kiev and are due to inspect the wreckage. as questions pile up over the tragedy we take a look at some of the unexplained details including why the aircraft strayed from its usual route and why dispatchers told it to reduce. also coming up
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civilian deaths go largely unnoticed in the anti-government stronghold of skin eastern ukraine as kiev puts its military onslaught in the wake of the plane crash and. the israeli invasion of gaza marks its bloodiest today with more than eighty civilians killed as hamas says it has taken an israeli soldier captive in claims that refuted by the i.d.f. . and broadcasting live from our studios in moscow recapping the week's top stories with our weekly program this is our t.v. international now the russian president vladimir putin has made of some official comments on the malaysia air waves plane crash in eastern ukraine calling for the
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tragedy not to be politicized he also said that international experts on the scene it should be able to carry out their work in complete safety. has more. well speaking about the situation tragedy russian president vladimir putin said that it is necessary to everything it takes to provide for security for those international experts now working at the scene of the plane crash and. it's important that all the people who are accountable for the situation in this region of ukraine a more responsible for their own citizens and people of those countries who suffered as a result of the tragedy we need to do everything we can to provide security for international experts who will be working at the size of the accident. meanwhile the president also added that russia will do everything it takes to turn this conflict in the eastern ukraine from a military one into the face of peaceful negotiations moreover the president to add
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is that no one has the right to use this treasury for achieving some selfish political goals. such events should unite people not separate them no one has any right to use this tragedy for any kind of selfish politicized interests. president putin hasn't blamed any of the parties involved for the crash like some of his counterparts done exactly that however he added of the crash could have been avoided if military action hadn't been resumed meanwhile earlier president putin and german chancellor angela merkel discussed the plane crash of the malaysian plane the next in ukraine in a telephone conversation now both sides trast the importance of an objective investigation of all circumstances of the incident and the greed that must be conducted by the international civil aviation was all parties involved.
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european monitors from the o. s. c.e. working at the crash site of the malaysia air waves passenger jet in eastern ukraine say local militia groups have now given them access to the area earlier anti-government forces said the flight recorders had been found and will be handed over to international experts. is following the cleanup efforts. oh i see members who are observing the situation on the ground to have said that they have access to this search area where the flights and they haven't seen was downs they covered a wider area we visited a site that we hadn't visited before. we had fairly good perimeter security. and you know there they did seem to provide us with a kind of a ring of security to allow us to to do the monitoring that we have to doing while eighty one strong international experts are still in they have there yet to get here or they haven't even contacted the local authorities all the self-proclaimed to people's republic to all done that scare even though they are just seven hundred
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kilometers away and it's been four days after a big crash and now in terms of recovery efforts all the bodies there was quite a bit of controversy about that well and xander bird died the leader of the self-proclaimed people's republic said the bodies had been recovered out of moral responsibility so they were relatives of the victims because they already began to decompose and always see members have confirmed that those bodies have been delivered to the city of seoul or as some fifteen to twenty kilometers away from the crash site they're now being stored in at three refrigerated train cars that meanwhile alexander birdseye on a sunday also announced that they had discovered some technical elements that resemble the black boxes so flights and seven c. and those elements had not been delivered to the on net scan they're now on their guard right here and say he also added that they will only be given to the
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international aviation experts once they arrive here in donetsk. well now take a look back at the sequence of events in the lead up to the kim hastur free leisure airlines flight seventeen took off from amsterdam on thursday at twelve fifteen pm local time bound for kuala lumpur malaysia then at four twenty one kiev time it disappeared from radar coverage over ukraine and lost all radar contact now within an hour the crash site was located and it became very clear that no one had survived by aide in the evening both kiev and anti-government troops had denied involvement in the crash local militia insisted that in fact they didn't even have weapons capable of shooting down the airliner and both sides started to trade accusations this is when the blame game began relatives of the victims were informed overnight in the process of identifying the bodies and began local residents have been recalling the horror of them to. this rule i heard terrible
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noise i went out first and then my has been well the woman fell to the ground right after i ran out at first my husband thought it was me i was in shock i couldn't go further than my aren't. my wife and i were having dinner when we heard a strange noise that sounded like clapping as soon as we went out of the house we saw a body lying nearby it must have fallen from a very high altitude the only thing left on the body was a t. shirt it was a man the legs were broken i saw practically no blood. at first i didn't notice any us then my son went out and said mom there is a body in the kitchen there was plastic everywhere i thought it was just a pile of rubbish but then and this two that it was a human body without a leg and was arms twisted and broken. now malaysia airlines has released to the full list of passengers on board the ill fated flight two thirds of them one
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hundred ninety three in fact were dutch nationals forty three victims including all crew members were malaysian there were also twenty seven australians traveling as well as citizens of the united kingdom indonesia and germany in total ten and nationalities are on the manifest for the netherlands it's a time of nationwide mourning as peter all over reports. the devastating news no one expects to hear. malaysian boeing adeline has been reportedly downed but based on a horse. and interfax a malaysian airlines flight with about two hundred ninety five people on board has crashed grief spills over as family and friends of those on board m h seventeen make it to the airport in amsterdam at the scene of the crash passports strewn among the carnage each one of painful reminder of a person who died and each of those people leave behind friends and family it's in
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small communities like this one that have been directly affected that the real human tragedy becomes clear neil tall and her partner course children were on the flight outside the flower shop they owned floral tributes pile up those who saw them day on day a left stunned we couldn't believe what's happened. rumors spread quickly on facebook in the morning to see outside and those are the flowers then you know it's it happened for real in the shop window a sign for the postman drop the mail off next door we're on holiday there were very lovely people and. you know i did want to just to just enjoy a holiday for two weeks and come back and say to pick up the post and i had a great holiday before stepping on the plane shilled posted this message on facebook it's understood and is told had been uneasy about the flight following the
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disappearance of a malaysian airlines jet early at this year. family members stand sobbing in front of a book of condolences they told me they just can't bring themselves to speak on camera it's not only those who lost relatives in the tragedy who are grieving the netherlands is in a state of disbelief following the deaths of nearly two hundred of its citizens in the disaster we were all shocked and i have very much. because especially for me. it's really. strange because my father has been on the this same flight that many times. it's so shocking so many dutch people were on that plane this tragedy has a factor. when you think about it it's not realistic people just the public airplane taking it down in this small country of only seventeen million people it seems nearly everyone has been touched in some way by this the worst disaster to
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affect the country in its recent history peter all of a party netherlands and there are plenty of unexplained circumstances surrounding the tragedy first the flight deviated from its usual route it's also unclear why it passed directly over a zone of a raging armed conflict and then of course there are questions over why ukrainian ground control told the crew to reduce its altitude just before the jet went down grieving families are now demanding explanations of what exactly happened to their loved ones oleksiak cesky brings us this report from malaysia. inside the kuala lumpur international airport right now nothing speaks of the horrible tragedy of thursday it works without disruptions this is different to the situation on the march when the other malaysian airlines jet went missing relatives of those on board were literally beseeching the malaysian airlines offices back then they still
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had hope of seeing their loved ones alive. there's no chance of that for the families connected to thursday's tragedy over ukraine but what unites the two apparently different disasters is the fact there are far more questions than answers starting with the mh seventeen jets flight path you move. and didn't see by the local pool. so you want to believe. that you can see the plane. but if that route was safe and many other jets had flown it on the day why had several airlines decided to change their paths malaysian authorities claim the plane was flying on the set route but flight tracker data published online suggests the path could have been changed to three hundred kilometers further north. community the risk we're going to. carry.
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some carries. very safe flying. across ukraine but if the flight trajectory is more a matter over speculation right now one alteration it made has been officially confirmed flight. but. still we have. indeed altitude changes on request is a common practice but the malaysian authorities have received no clarification as to why it was ordered on that day supposedly minutes before the jet went down most relatives of the passengers of m.h. seventeen have now gone to ukraine to identify the bodies a team of malaysian investigators is following them in the hope of shedding at least some light on this dark story. the reporting from kuala lumpur in malaysia.
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now britain's prime minister claimed said that if it's shown that the rebels in east ukraine downed the aircraft then this would be a direct result of russia's support for anti-government forces david cameron's comments follow a wave of accusations from western powers against moscow even though no official investigation has been conducted as of yet you can take up the story. before investigators made it to the crash site the u.s. announced to the world where the deadly missile shot came from evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by a surface to air missile that was launched from an area that is controlled by russian backed separatists inside of ukraine but the u.s. president stopped short of saying who pulled the trigger we don't know exactly what happened and yet u.s. officials all but to accuse the rebels in eastern ukraine and russia by association of having shut down the plane president obama based his suggestions on incidents of
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ukrainian military jets that the rebels recently shot out of the sky a group of separatists can't shoot. military transport planes or they claim shoot down fighter jets without sophisticated equipment and training and that is coming from russia russia says t.v. is responsible because it launched this military operation in eastern ukraine and the u.s. supported it moscow has also raised a number of questions for kiev to answer including why it hadn't closed the airspace over what was clearly a war zone the jim gray idea why did he create an air traffic controller send a passenger flights to an area of military clashes an area which was used to carry out strikes against civilian targets and where there were anti-aircraft systems operating all members of the un security council including russia and the united states have called for
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a credible impartial investigation of the disaster it will take time before any results come through but the blame game is already in full swing down to check on washington d.c. . after the plane came down kim was quick to blame the anti-government forces for the tragedy here's what the accusations are based on firstly there is a video released by kiev purporting to show a book surface to air missile system in. in eastern ukraine with one of its missiles missing also the jet crashed on territory controlled by the opposition kiev claims that's enough to implicate them even though the ukrainian army also has a heavy presence there and finally ukraine circulated what it called an intercepted conversation between the opposition fighters in which they allegedly admit to firing on the plame bun speech and sound analyst nicholai popof says that their courting seems to be doctored. therefore it's being presented
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as one on its. own reality of the sort if it was compiled out of several fragments the time because the inconsistent being said the plane was downed by. these monkeys reveal that one fragment is recorded at sixteen thirty three and that the second frog in the works which comes right off to it is it was recorded at seventeen or fifteen. and as far as the video of the missile system goes can have claims that it was shot down in a small town near the russian border but local state that on the billboard you can see an address which is actually located in a different town which they say has been under the control of the ukrainian army since may and is located a full two hundred fifty kilometers away from the russian border you can see it marked on the map here now intelligence expert trial should bridge points out some other discrepancies in accusations. so from the outset with some investigation the area of ground from which it was launched and of course that would give an
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indication even though it's accepted i think to put it much of east ukraine is in a fluid situation in terms of who controls what and given time ukraine's government has released what it claims are a number of evidence you're late for example it is said that the rebels have these weapon systems i should point out that of course the prosecutor general himself you know i have this system so it's fair to say there's a lot of confusion at the moment and really this really points the way to the importance of a thoroughly independent. investigation to uncover all of the leads in this case. so shortly after the plane crash several mainstream media outlets latched onto the message coming from washington and kiev unleashing basically a storm of accusations against ukraine's anti-government forces and also against moscow we asked loaded venues stay for journalist and former security consultant why the finger of blame is being pointed so quickly i think if they did they
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consider this an opportunity to once again play the blame game on russia and on the insurgency in the east of ukraine i meant and it's too good an opportunity to miss the relatives and the victims of a thorough investigation by an independent sources. when you see evidence this is something that is produced by experts on the ground it takes weeks and months before you can to any conclusions to whatever is being said is just speculation to a political it's. now to some other news in the ukraine despite calls for a ceasefire growing ever louder t. have stepped up its military crackdown against the centers of anti-government resistance in east ukraine this week the situation in the regional capital of done yet school remains tense with explosions heard on the outskirts while one hundred fifty kilometers away in lugansk air raids and the shelling have become an everyday
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reality in the latest artillery attack on the city's residential areas a kindergarden and a school were severely damaged and army mortar fire there killed at least sixteen on friday meanwhile the organization for security and cooperation in europe says two hundred fifty people have been killed and more guns in less than two months artie's has more. residents of logan's care of reported hearing air raid sirens again again last night and they're saying that fighting continues on the outskirts of the city now according to self-defense forces ukrainian troops are gaining ground seeking to take control over the road that is connecting the god's goodness just to these that are essentially capitals of the two restive regions. varying brought into off the assaults by the ukrainian army their city has been heavily hit its infrastructure damaged people are saying they're left without water electricity gas is also something they're finding a shortage off of course there are instances of people being hit in the middle of
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the day by artillery and mortar shells at one instance eight people have died similar tamia slee when a shell has hit a cross walk always the observers have said that two hundred fifty people have been killed since the beginning of june in lugansk alone previously that number is given for civilian casualties for these homes you ration and conflict for both regions and so now we can assume that that number is probably a lot higher than those people have told me they're living here. he says are peaceful life. should look like the series. you know. the fighting continues in a dime's it can be heard on the border between russia and ukraine with residents complaining about shells flying into their backyards essentially and despite the fact that petro poroshenko has assured that civilians are not going to be the.
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targets of the ukrainian military nevertheless they seem to be bearing the brunt of off the pressure and when exactly if at this conflict is going to end is not yet clear with of course the world's attention being on the aftermath off the disaster of flight m.h. seventeen the fighting that doesn't seem to subside in southeastern ukraine goes on before. so the middle east now the israeli prime minister has vowed to continue operation protective edge and i quote for as long as it takes it has been revealed that two of the i.d.f. soldiers killed by hamas in the reason fighting were american citizens this after the israeli defense forces bombarded an eastern neighborhood from the air killing at least eighty seven civilians that has made sunday the bloodiest day in conflicts involving israel since it attacked the hezbollah militant group in lebanon seven years ago say that there are bodies strewn about the streets of gaza and in the rubble of collapsed buildings they also say the sheer destruction is making it very
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difficult to retrieve them eight hundred soldiers israeli soldiers have been killed since the beginning of the assault but that number has been divorced by the palestinian tallies now approaching four hundred and forty. correspondent has sent us a video from the heart of the conflict and a bit of a warning it tamed some very graphic scenes. ok so what we're doing now the muslims from we're going to move. on with their and your mother. your lawyer bloomers footage apparently shows a man among the ruins of a destroyed residential buildings he's fought to be the target of israeli government fire. he appears to be hit by a bullet while lying stretched out on the ground very feared talked to a witness of the incident. a group of international solidarity activists and two
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palestinians were making a trip into the east. very close to the border with israel this was at a time when there was a hoax on israel's operations in the area there were two palestinians that one was an activist which shot the video the images that you just saw and there was another young man we believe approximately eighteen or nineteen years old the one depicted in the imagery which shows him as course fatally wounded and dying in front of these international solidarity activists this young gentleman wished to take these activists to this area in order to help evacuate his family which he believed was caught up i have been pinned down essentially for hours it is extremely dangerous neighborhoods i'm joined now by a human rights activist and witness. can you tell us exactly what you saw with respect to the death of this young man. with respect to the death all together there were four shots fired the first one missed him but remained it to be aimed
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for him the second one was fatal. which caused him to fall down and on the ground and the third one was i guess for them to make sure that they had got him basically do you have any reason to believe he was caught up in militant turning to no not at all i mean he was as far as we are aware he was looking for his family he was. he was that when he was leading the way he was on the floor and he knew that and they have to think of it we had wanted to do was find. resulted in his death there was supposed to be a ceasefire as well however as we settle into the region there was bombing nearby there was shelling nearby and snipers shooting is yes indeed so that some of the detail of this incident on. killing this young gentleman this often. harry fear force there now joining us live to speak on the israeli assault on gaza is former
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cia officer dr charles cogan thank you very much for being with us here on r t to be here now hamas says that it is captured an israeli soldier and the i.d.f. of course has denied these claims we don't know what the truth is that this point if it does turn out to be true how much of an impact would that have on the ongoing fighting well i think it would have a considerable impact considering what happened in the case of gilad shalit they released finally after five years one thousand prisoners in exchange for sure lete i mean israel looks after its beleaguered citizens no question about it so we all have embarrassing moments or at least politicians tend to have them john kerry the u.s. secretary of state was recently caught off mike talking about the israeli tactics in gaza let's listen in to what he had to say to hell of a pinpoint operation that's a hell of a pinpoint operation. underscored first
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we've got to get over there. i think we have to go to and i think it's crazy to cigarette now it seems he's pretty frustrated and wanted to get involved some how can we expect that to turn into some type of a concrete action. well let me see at the outset that the balance sheet is terrible i mean almost five hundred going on five hundred palestinian deaths and until today two israeli deaths now there are more and we have thirteen i.d.f. soldiers killed but. the problem i think is that the peace process has been halted i think that if that peace process were were going on instead of behind having been cut off by netanyahu in april there might have been a chance to at least. arrive at some. detente or some
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some agreement some with with hamas and you know there's been negotiations before between the u.s. and how much is. going well no you mentioned this this balance sheet being off balance hospitals schools and media offices they've all been hit in this office of targets from israel is there any justification if israel is aiming at hamas militants why are these softer targets being hit was a matter of fact there's more justification for israel list time that in the previous. skirmishes with gaza because the. hamas rockets keep coming and. there's no letup in the minute it's been a tremendous number of rockets. launched very few casualties i think too. but it has created an atmosphere of fear not only in southern israel but in tel aviv and jerusalem so. israel has so it's
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a slightly more justification hamas has some legitimate grievances that is to evade blockade. the prisoners my own personal opinion on it say this elsewhere is that there's not going to be peace as long as netanyahu is prime minister he doesn't want it and with all the efforts of kerry which were hiding a lot of well it was netanyahu who broke the talks off after israel refused to release the finer traunch of palestinian prisoners back in april do you think that israel is doing enough to try and prevent civilian casualties are they doing everything that they can to keep civilians from dying while i think they're trying to but it's very difficult because these neighbor neighborhoods are very crowded and they're launching sites within the neighborhoods there are stray actions that go wrong like the killing of the four palestinian teenager you are.

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